Idea 1: There is a scarcity for screenplay writers and good stories in Malayalam. Some of our screen writers fee is more than what the Director would charge. So there is a school of thought which promotes this idea of making movies without screenplay.
Idea 2: Some Indian advertisements are very stylish, but they are mostly 30 seconds. What if we made a 2.5 hours movie stringing together a bunch of advertisment like scenes.
Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded is part of such experiments .
At times you get the feeling that Swamy has remade his K.Madhu directed Irupatham Nootandu, which was a far better entertainer. In fact, this film is the perfect example of the new style of film making being followed by young directors in south fed on Hollywood and Bollywood DVD’s. First decide and design action sequences, exotic locations, costumes and then write the story around that.
It’s an opportunity lost, as Mohanlal the most flexible actor in Indian cinema is asked to look wooden and walk throughout wearing designer coats and leather jackets, which after a point of time becomes predictable or plain boring and agonizingly snail-paced. Jagathy Sreekumar is wasted while Jyothirmayee’s item dance fails to sizzle.
If I had the liberty to re-name a film that’s already been released, I’d rename this one as ‘Much Ado about Nothing’. But the great English bard, who created a wonderful play with that title, would probably groan in his grave if I did so. Disappointing! That’s all I can say about Amal Neerad’s second directorial outing, the much hyped ‘Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded’. In fact it was one of the most awaited commercial films in Malayalam in the past few months. And all the waiting has now come to naught.
If it was not for the hype and the hoopla surrounding the film, it would probably have passed off as an OK kind of film. But because of the advertising overkill, expectations ran high, and unless it was spectacularly brilliant, it was doomed to disappoint. And disappoint, it does. Given the build-up that the film was given, being lenient in criticizing ‘Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded’ wouldn’t be fair.
Finally, IndiaGlitz’s review takes the cake : He says Malayalis should not care much about story, screenplay and other frivolous things any more.
The movie must be definitely promoted for the quality of making, rather than for its thematic content.